Mexican president announces expansion for state-run TV

09:10, July 13, 2010      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday announced a large expansion for state-run Canal Once at a press conference broadcast live by several channels.

"Canal Once will soon reach half of Mexico," Calderon said. " This is the first step towards a channel that reaches the whole nation."

Calderon said that the channel, run by the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), will also receive new investment so that it can broadcast a digital signal to the cities of Guadalajara, in central state Jalisco; Coatzacoalcos and Veracruz, both in eastern state Veracruz; and Gomez Palacio, in northern Mexico state Durango. The increases in coverage will boost the channel's potential audience by 15 million.

The expansion will be supervised by National Audio-visual Media Promotor, a state body created by the Interior Ministry at the end of March. Calderon signed an agreement formalizing the changes with Alonso Lujambio, Mexico's education minister; Yoloxochitl Bustamante Diez, the head of the IPN; and Fernando Sarinana Marquez, the channel's director general immediately ahead of the announcement.

The IPN, a state-run university based in the north of Mexico City, set up Canal Once 50 years ago, servicing Mexico City. Media critics have repeatedly complained that most of Mexico is dominated by just two stations, TV Azteca and Televisa, creating an unhealthy duopoly.

Source: Xinhua


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